BIO, the Biennial of Design, is a prestigious international exhibition of products related to industrial design, visual communication, corporate visual identity and design concepts.
The exhibition is dedicated to Afghanistan and its rich cultural history and legacy, despite the decades of turbulent events that have transformed the country and its people profoundly since they started in the late 1970s. The exhibition features the photographs, mementoes and objects from private collections of over twenty Slovenes who travelled around Afghanistan in the early 1970s, at a time when Afghanistan was still a peaceful, open country, as well as other travellers who got to know the country in the periods after – up until the present day.
The International Biennial of Graphic Arts has been running since 1955 and is one of the most acclaimed graphic arts-related events in the world. The Biennial's main exhibition is accompanied by exhibitions of works by the winners of the previous, 31st edition of the Biennial and a number of other exhibitions and art events held at various venues across Ljubljana.
The Ljubljana Marathon is a true Slovenian running fest, annually attended by around 18,000 runners from approximately forty countries. The runners compete in marathon (42 km), half marathon (21 km), and recreational runs of varying distances. The routes pass through the wider city centre.
Each weekend of the culinary-inspired November will feature various cuisine- and wine-related events. The first and second weekends in November will be all about the Ljubljana Wine Route, where wines and culinary delights prepared by food and drink establishments from all parts of Slovenia will be presented. The Culinary Festival & Slovenian Wine Festival, traditionally held at Grand Hotel Union, will take place on the third weekend in November. And the highlight will be the final event, on the last weekend in November, with a themed cuisine-inspired programme and some fun side events.
Liffe Festival features top films by European and world filmmakers. The festival is accompanied by numerous interviews with directors and other filmmakers.
The gay and lesbian film festival, which is in its 33rd year, is considered Europe's oldest festival of its kind. The festival's programme features films by gay and lesbian filmmakers and other films dealing with homosexuality-related themes.
Every December, the Christmas Fair in Ljubljana’s Old Town becomes the centre of all action and socialising in Ljubljana. In the little, festively decorated stalls, designed especially for the market, visitors can buy a wide variety of assorted products suitable for gifts. The food-and-beverage stalls offering mulled wines, warm tea, liqueurs, as well as sausages, grilled dishes and other kinds of food have been the centre of the "Merry December in the Old Town of Ljubljana" for years. In addition to a multitude of products related to the festive season, the Christmas Market also offers all sorts of interesting and affordable products made by young designers, which are often not available in shops, as well as assorted arts and crafts goods and Slovenian delicacies, such as honey, spirits, and various sweet treats.
The Christmas lights will be switched on in the city centre of Ljubljana and the Christmas Fair will be opened at the Breg embankment, the Prešernov, Pogačarjev, and Kongresni Trg Squares, as well as the Cankarjevo nabrežje embankment.
The legendary band Gipsy Kings will captivate the concertgoers with their worldwide hits, such as Volare, Bamboleo, Baila me, Djobi Djoba and many others. Their music, which has become a global phenomenon, is a unique, unbeatable mix of traditional flamenco styles and Western pop and Latin rhythms.
At the stalls located in front of the Franciscan Church, visitors have a chance to buy all sorts of goods to be used as traditional St. Nicholas' Day gifts. According to tradition, angels bring presents to children who have been good, while devils frighten the naughty ones.
St. Nicholas uses the funicular to descent to the Krekov Trg Square, where his entourage is waiting for him. Accompanied by the devils and an assembly of angels, who are handing out sweets treats and fruit to children, he makes his way to the Prešernov Trg Square.
Before going into the Franciscan Church, he addresses the people present at the event.
The world-famous British soprano, Sarah Brightman, will perform alongside the popular band Gregorian and other special guests, accompanied by a symphony orchestra. The Royal Christmas Gala concert will feature traditional Christmas classics and Sarah Brightman's bestselling hits, including Amigos Para Siempre and Time to Say Goodbye, performed by Brightman together with Andrea Bocelli. The concert will feature some spectacular visual effects.